Arsene Wenger firmly believes Alexis Sanchez will give his all for Arsenal this season even though he’s into the final 11 months of his current deal at the Emirates.
The Gunners have made it clear that they will rebuff all offers for the Chile international even though they risk losing the striker for free next summer. A risky tactic in the eyes of many.
Asked whether those players in the process of running down their contract might not give their all, Wenger told beINsport:
“You could say as well the other way round. The real question we have to answer is does the hunger index increase or decrease when you have a short contract or a long contract?
“I would be on the opposite side. That means the hunger index is higher when the contracts are shorter and it decreases naturally when the guys have long contracts.
“Contracts mean a lot. When you sign them as a club, you have to pay the money for the player if he performs or not. That gives you a huge responsibility and gives a guarantee of income to the players. Overall, I believe that it has a meaning.”
We’re not entirely sure whether what Wenger is saying makes sense or not…what we are sure about is that Alexis Sanchez doesn’t seem the sort to do things half-heartedly when he’s on the pitch.
Of course, while he’s sidelined he doesn’t have the chance to prove the doubters wrong. The player has an abdominal strain that will keep him out of Saturday’s game at Stoke City, so he’ll have to score a hat trick against Liverpool on 27 August. If he doesn’t, he’s dead to us.